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1 Why Study Literature Presented by Prof. Qian Qing

2 2 Why study literature What do some people think? What do you think?

3 Why study literature

4 4 Expand our vocabulary of everyday English and enable us to speak and write better and more idiomatically. Why study literature (1)

5 5 Examples: 1 1. Bellow was in a turtleneck. 2. The writer E.M.Forster lived on the fifth floor of a walk-up. 3. I had a job Id held on and off. 4. He walks into a living room with a large …circular rug, some slip-covered easy chairs, a worn sofa, a long wall of books…

6 6 Examples: 2 5. There is a phone call for the writer and his wife says softly to him, For you. 6. After the meal, the main character helps the writer to clear up. 7. When he is arguing with his father, the father says,Calm down, Ill walk you to the bus and wait with you. 8. The he jumps onto a bus and the pneumatic door swings shut behind him.

7 Why study literature

8 8 Improve our comprehension. Why study literature (2)

9 9 Examples: 1 Spring 1. The spring was cold that year. 2. We drink the water from that spring. 3. One of the springs in the mattress is broken. 4. He made a spring at the car door but he wasnt quick enough.

10 10 Examples: 2 Turn out 1. Turn out the light. 2. No-one turned out for exercises that morning. 3. It turned out that they had all gone to bed very late. 4. Our university turns out good interpreters.

11 11 Examples: 3 Undo 1. Your button is undone. He undid the parcel. 2. Whats done cannot be undone. 3. We have left undone the things we ought to have done. 4. What shall I do? My secret is out. I am undone.

12 Why study literature

13 13 Deepen our understanding of humor and irony. Why study literature (3)

14 14 Examples: 1 Mr Bennett to his wife Mrs Bennett You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr Bingley might like you the best of the party. ---Pride and Prejudice

15 15 Examples: 2 Mr Bennett to his daughter Elizabeth I admire all my three sons-in-law highly. Wickham is perhaps my favorite; but I think I shall like your husband quite as well as Janes. ---Pride and Prejudice

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17 17 Expand our cultural horizons and broaden our range of general knowledge. Why study literature (4)

18 18 Examples: 1 History and Society 1. The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne 2. Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain 3. The Age of InnocenceEdith Wharton 4. O Pioneers! and My Antonia ---Willa Cather 5. Sister Carrie---Theodore Dreiser 6. The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald 7. The Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck

19 19 Examples: 2 Customs and Habits (culture) 1. Daisy Miller the wretched fate of Daisy 2. The Portrait of a Lady How Isabel Archer notices the relation between the lady and her husband

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21 21 Deepen our understanding of human nature. Why study literature (5)

22 22 Examples: 1 1. Daisy Miller by Henry James Daisy 2. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James Isabel Archers husband 3. Middlemarch by George Eliot Dorothea Brooke

23 23 Examples: 2 Learning is acquired by reading books but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired through reading man, and studying all the various editions of men. ---A letter from Lord Chesterfield to his son

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25 25 Help us to stay human. Why study literature (6)

26 26 Examples: John Stuart Mill a 19 th -century philosopher and reformer

27 Why study literature

28 28 Contains the distillation of the life experience and mature views of the people who came before us. Why study literature (7)

29 29 Examples: 1 Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. --Of Studies by Francis Bacon

30 30 Examples: 2 Studies serve for delight, for ornament and for ability. Their chief use for delight is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment and disposition of business. --Of Studies by Francis Bacon

31 31 Examples: 3 Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. --Of Studies by Francis Bacon

32 32 Examples: 4 Crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them, for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them and above them, won by observation. --Of Studies by Francis Bacon

33 33 1 Why study literature (Review) Expand vocabulary. Improve comprehension. Understand humor and irony. Broaden knowledge. Understand human nature. Stay human. Learn from predecessors

34 34 Thank you! Questions are welcome! Why study literature

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